To reduce inequalities in health by targeting hard-to-reach groups and community members from Bradford and District’s most deprived communities and engaging them in food growing and eating more healthily. We work with our participants to improve physical health through regular exercise, mental wellbeing through being outside and part of a group and, of course, they eat more fresh fruit and vegetables.
Gardening for Health was recently featured as a case study by Sustain and Garden Organic as part of their ‘Growing Health’ national project. This is a great study that shows many aspects of how Gardening for Health works, and how the service can help the community. Please click here to read it.
Gardening For Health does this through:
- Engaging people in weekly food growing groups, cook and eats and providing healthy lifestyle education.
- Reducing barriers to access to fresh affordable fruit and vegetables.
- Reducing isolation and creating opportunities for social interaction.
- Promoting diversity and understanding between people from different walks of life.
Why is this important?
- To help reduce the health inequality gap across Bradford, which correlates closely to areas of deprivation and our specific client groups.
- For some women isolation is a problem, by offering a group and activity which is sensitive to their needs we offer a platform for social interaction.
- The incidence of obesity-related conditions such as diabetes, high cholesterol and blood pressure is above the national average in Bradford District. Our target groups are unlikely to access other fitness provision such as gyms, weight watchers groups.
We work in a range of different settings running groups and one-off sessions with a diverse group of people. To find out more, please explore our pages and take a look at our Case-studies about groups across the Bradford District. For upcoming community events keep an eye on our News pages and to find out what participants and partners have said about us check out our Feedback pages.
Some places we currently work:
- Scotchman Road Allotments, Heaton (BD8/9)
- Bradford Action for Refugees Allotment Project (BD8/9)
- Queen’s Road Allotments (BD3)
- Wibsey Park Community Garden
- BEAP Community Centre, Manningham (BD8)
- Ryecroft Primary Academy (BD4)
- Lilycroft Primary (BD8)
- Margaret MacMillan Primary (BD8)
- Nessfield Primary
- Airedale Hospital Adult Mental Health Unit
- Lynfield Mount Adult Mental Health Unit
- Octavia Court Gardening Group
- Project 6 Gardening Group, Keighley
If you want to learn more about Gardening For Health or think you’d like to get involved (either as a participant or organisation), email BCEP or call Jane or another member of the growing team in the BCEP office on 01274 223236. If you’d like to follow us on Facebook, click here.